Definition of goner in US English:



  • A person or thing that is doomed or cannot be saved.

    ‘Robert would have been a goner if I hadn't got there when I did’
    ‘I thought I was a goner’
    • ‘‘If it had happened at night, we would have all been goners,’ he said.’
    • ‘Five more minutes in there and I'd have been a goner.’
    • ‘Just when she thought she was a goner, someone had saved her from yet another bullet wound.’
    • ‘According to zoo officials, an animal in the wild suffering from Laminitis is a goner, as it won't be able to walk about looking for food, let alone run to save itself from predators.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, if a man is captured he's probably a goner.’
    • ‘‘They say I was nearly a goner,’ he told MacPherson.’
    • ‘I really thought I was a goner, but it just wasn't meant to be.’
    • ‘‘I thought I was a goner,’ I tell Gregory, who is the first person I see when I come walking up the empty beach carrying my float.’
    • ‘My goodness me, one more boat load and we were goners!’
    • ‘In chess, if you move your knight on to a pawn's square, the pawn's a goner.’
    • ‘I thought she was a goner during the first asthma attack last night.’
    • ‘Jackie said: ‘I thought she was a goner and it was really frightening for us.’’
    • ‘Every lobby group in the world tells me I am a goner unless I back their cause.’
    • ‘This one's a definite goner and I'll need a false tooth.’
    • ‘Luckily she is a infuriatingly cautious driver, otherwise she could have been a goner.’
    • ‘I don't know if I thought I was a goner, but I guess I am lucky to be here.’
    • ‘We all thought she was a goner after her dramatic turn for the worst last week.’
    • ‘We have to keep the idea that there will be some sort of rational accountability for such acts alive in this culture or we are goners.’
    • ‘For a while I didn't think I was going to make it, I thought the boat would be a goner for sure.’
    • ‘I thought he was a goner - the car was just about to go off the side of the road, but I kept talking to him and eventually gave him the confidence to get out of the car.’